This Week in Perio
Nov. 27, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention includes periodontal disease in health disparities, inequalities report
A report recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention includes, for the first time, a discussion of health disparities and inequalities within periodontal disease prevalence in the United States. The report, "CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report — United States, 2013," is the second in a series to highlight discrepancies across a variety of diseases by sex, race, ethnicity, income, education, disability status and other social characteristics.More

Research: Gum disease increases risk of asthma
The Economic Voice
New research suggests cleaning your teeth can help you breathe easy, after adults with gum disease were five times more likely to develop asthma. Researchers identified that, despite age, body mass index and smoking habits, people with gum disease were still at risk from developing asthma, a condition that claims three lives every day in the U.K.More

Research: Type 2 diabetes cytokine elevation places teeth at risk
Scientists have detected significant differences in the cytokine and chemokine make up of gingival crevicular fluid taken from chronic periodontitis patients with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes and those without. "[U]ncontrolled type 2 [diabetes] modulated the local levels of several cyto/chemokines at healthy and diseased sites in favour of a proinflammatory profile," report Poliana Duarte (Guarulhos University, São Paulo, Brazil) and co-workers in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology. "These findings may partially explain the greater susceptibility of diabetic subjects to periodontal breakdown."More

Henry Schein signs agreement to invest in BioHorizons
PR Newswire via The Wall Street Journal
Henry Schein Inc., the world's largest provider of healthcare products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, announced plans to make a strategic investment in dental implant manufacturer BioHorizons Inc., advancing the company's goal of expanding its position in the dental specialty market.More

GNYDM: Not your grandfather's dental meeting
The industry is changing. Technology is changing and becoming more prevalent in dental offices. From CAD/CAM to EHR, technology is here, whether you're ready or not. It comes at an interesting time; a large percentage of dentists are nearing retirement age, and though they may be hesitant to start changing things now (understandably), their replacements won't be.More

Dental hygiene instrument retipping: Scary, nasty and shocking
What does a hygienist purchase when he or she purchases a new dental scaler, explorer, probe, curette or file? What thought process went into the creation of the instrument? What intricacies set that instrument apart from other instruments that can be perceived to "all do the same thing?"More

How to market a dental practice
Upstart Business Journal
Q: I have marketing experience in the architecture/design world but have recently switched over to dental. Is there anything in particular that you have seen be successful for the dental industry? Our market is really saturated with dentists and I am trying to figure out the best strategy for our team.More

Tax talks in Congress
American Dental Association
The business of dentistry has changed since the profession's five-year policy standoff with the Internal Revenue Service over dentists' use of the cash-based accounting method for tax purposes. The IRS withdrew its challenge for tax year 2001 effectiveness, and the commissioner later said, "Lawyers at the Department of the Treasury were foiling our efforts by doggedly insisting on imposing a rule ... requiring the IRS to waste resources on such silly matters as how much gold dentists were using to fill teeth."More

Periodontitis facilitates development and progression of rheumatoid arthritis
Dental Tribune
Does gum disease indicate future joint problems? Although researchers and clinicians have long known about an association between two prevalent chronic inflammatory diseases — periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis — the microbiological mechanisms have remained unclear.More

Periodontal disease, Porphyromonas gingivalis, and rheumatoid arthritis: What triggers autoimmunity and clinical disease?
Rheumatoid arthritis, currently regarded as a complex multifactorial disease, was initially characterized as such at the turn of the 19th century. Ever since, multiple lines of investigation have attempted to elucidate the etiological factor(s) involved in disease incidence.More

Hypochlorite treats inflammation
The Scientist
It has long been known that extremely dilute bleach baths — 0.005 percent — can be used as a successful accessory treatment for eczema, but until now, no one understood how it worked. Researchers from Stanford University have shown that hypochlorite — bleach's active ingredient — effectively blocks the function of nuclear factor κB (NF-κB), which activates genes involved in inflammation and aging. Their work was published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.More

Avoid expensive dentist bill
The Record Searchlight
You plan meals, grab drinks, and play sports without giving much thought to your teeth. But you might not realize how food, beverages, and activities can wreck the health of your pearly whites. Twenty-five percent of U.S. adults over age 65 have lost all their teeth. In 2010, an estimated $108 billion was spent on dental services in the United States. Dental services can be very expensive. Here is how you can protect your teeth and save a lot of dental expenses.More

Worried about the future of law schools? Talk to your dentist
The Wall Street Journal
If you want to get some perspective on the problems plaguing law schools, you might want to make an appointment with your dentist.More

Were your dental crowns, retainers and dentures made in someone's dirty cellar?
Mother Jones
While there are roughly 10,000 dental labs in the United States, the FDA has inspected just 146 over the last decade.More

London: Giving thanks for the toothbrush — and this odd oral history
Los Angeles Times
As you contemplate your blessings at Thanksgiving, here's one for which you can thank an Englishman: the toothbrush. That's just one of the things you'll learn at a small dental museum hidden in the upper-crust medical area of London. It's offbeat to be sure, but one you can, well, sink your teeth into.More